When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was poor. Within months she was the most famed woman in the megacity. As a cotillion , she shocked and delighted cult; as a prostitute, she bewitched the period's richest and most important men. But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari's life brought her under dubitation . In 1917, she was arrested in her hostel room on the Champs Elysees, and indicted of spying. Told in Mata Hari's voice through her final letter, The asset is the indelible story of a woman who dared to defy convention and paid the ultimate price.